San Antonio officer fired after shooting teenager in McDonald’s parking lot



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A San Antonio police officer has been fired after shooting a 17-year-old boy who was eating a meal in a McDonald’s parking lot Sunday, the department said.

The unnamed officer, described by the department as a probationary officer with seven months of experience, was fired for violating the department’s “tactics, training and procedures,” police said.

SAPD said in a video statement that the officer was handling an unrelated disturbance call at McDonald’s Sunday night when he saw a car he believed had eluded police the previous day and called for backup.

Before backup officers arrived, body camera video released by police shows the officer walking up to the driver’s side of the car, opening the door and ordering the driver out. The visibly startled teenager, who was sitting in the driver’s seat eating, put the car in reverse and began backing up.

The police officer then opened fire five times on the car, according to the video. As the driver moved the vehicle to move forward, body camera video showed the officer open fire five more times as the car sped away.

SAPD said the teenager was found a block away with multiple gunshot wounds. A passenger in the car was not injured, police said.

The teenager remained hospitalized Wednesday, police said, and was charged with evading arrest in a vehicle and assaulting the officer, who had claimed he was hit by the door of the car when the teenager backed up.

The teenager’s defense attorney, Brian Powers, told CNN that the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office notified him Friday that prosecutors would not move forward with charges against his client. A spokesman for the DA’s office referred CNN to the county’s online court records system, which indicates both charges have been dismissed and the case closed.

“We ask for prayers for [the teen] and his family,” Powers said, adding that his client remains in the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

SAPD said it is investigating the incident and will forward the findings to the Bexar County District Attorney, who said in a statement that his office’s Civil Rights Division would review the police shooting and the charges against the teenager.

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